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Letting Go of the Golden Glow
Alcohol covered up a lot of his inner conflict but left wreckage in its wake. Sobriety enabled him to live a different life
Last Christmas Eve was the fortieth anniversary of my coming out as the gay man I always was but could never allow myself to be because of shame and guilt over what I thought was the most perverse of perversions. My coming out was a gift of sobriety and occurred a little more than two years after I made a decision, at my first meeting, to try this thing called one-day-at-a-time sobriety. That end to daily drinking, which I have maintained ever since through the grace of God, was my first gift from God and Alcoholics Anonymous.
I was raised to believe that men loved women and you had...
-- Jerry F.
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Those Cornhusker Blues
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The Way Out
50 years ago he had a bottle of scotch and a pistol in front of him and didn't see any alternatives
The Spiritual Journey in Corpus Christi
In sobriety, she was able to build a relationship with a Higher Power